All of us at Innové would like to take a moment to congratulate our CEO, Brad Morrison, on being chosen as the 2018 Texas Lyceum President! We know with his knowledge, experience, and history of success in business, as well as service to his community, Brad will excel in this new position.
If you’re not familiar with the Texas Lyceum,
“it is an association of Texans whose purposes are:
to identify and develop the next generation of top leadership in the State of Texas;
to educate its Directors by identifying and exploring the interrelationships of the major issues facing Texas;
to help bring a better understanding of these issues to the state’s key decision makers; and
to promote an appreciation of the responsibilities of stewardship of the values, traditions, and resources of Texas”
Although the current Texas Lyceum was founded in 1980, the concept is not a new one. In fact, the term “lyceum” dates back to ancient Greece when it was used to identify the place where Aristotle regularly gave his lectures to educate Greek youth.
The term was brought to the U.S. in the 1800s. At this time there was a movement to establish places where the community could go to stay informed, learn new concepts, and debate issues of the day. The ancient concept of a lyceum seemed to fit this need perfectly. At one point there were several thousand lyceums across the country (including one in Austin, TX). However, by the late 1800s the lyceums had blended into other community organizations and were essentially gone.
Then, in 1980, several Texans from various backgrounds met in Dallas to discuss the future of the state and how they could help it continue to progress. They remembered the lyceums of the past and felt that reestablishing an association like this could bring community members together to address the state’s current challenges, potential solutions, and how to guide it into the future to become the great state Texas was destined to be.
Today the Texas Lyceum is working to educate lawmakers and the public on a wide range of issues that effect Texas as well as the United States including the proper role of government, football as big business in Texas, and most recently, human trafficking. Regarding his new appointment as President of the Texas Lyceum Brad shares,
“Since 1980, the Texas Lyceum has been the premier non-profit, non-partisan statewide leadership organization that identifies young Texas leaders and informs them on the most pressing societal issues of our time through open, unabashed dialogue. We are able to connect, educate and inspire these committed citizens to leave Texas better than we found it, irrespective of political peculiarities…I am deeply honored to serve as the President of this incredible organization and humbled by the men and women that make up our ranks.”
To learn more about the Texas Lyceum and how you can become involved, please visit them online.